The last event of Metro's One Night Only dining series is upon us. This time, we head to Cazador, the Persian game-meat eatery who this year was our runner-up for Restaurant of the Year Supreme Winner. We also find out that even food writers can have a week off from eating interesting food in a sparse What We Ate This Week.
Food news: 3-10 December
Some of Auckland’s best food trucks are rolling out for an evening of yum food and great vibes, including Brooklyn Dogs, Ice Cream Social NZ, Miso-ra and Toasted As. Good family fun, with some live music and face painting.
Friday 6 December | Point Chevalier Community Centre
Love a good sour beer (including the Metro x Urbanaut beer Matchy Matchy). Bottle Stop’s first sour beer festival celebrates the sour and the funky with exclusive bottle pours, specialty kegs and masterclasses through the weekend.
Friday 6 December | Bottle Stop Beer Shop
We can firmly attest to the deliciousness available at Cazador at dinner time – the only time they usually open – especially in the form of their signature charcuterie platter, which features slivers of boar salami and cracking terrine. But what about at breakfast? Breakfast is late, from 10am to noon. Tickets are $55+fees.
Shole zard sweet saffron rice
Pickled egg, olives, Cazador ham
Flat bread, za’atar, labneh, livers,
Cucumber water, parsley, mint
Saturday 7 December | Cazador
More or less what it says in the title. The guys at Beer Jerk have got some of the best brewers in the country to concoct their weirdest creations with “odd ingredients, forgotten brewing processes and wild fermentations”. There will be two trophies on the line: one determined by an experienced panel of judges, and one people’s choice award.
Saturday 7 December | The Fridge and Flagon
Metro Top 50 Cafes Supreme Winner Williams Eatery are playing host to clothing brands Parlour Vintage, Checks Downtown and Platform Store this weekend. Expect some food and drink specials featuring Black Estate & Valmont pet nat, Sawmill beers, and a much-loved burger from the brothers’ previous eatery, Ceremony.
Saturday 7 December | Williams Eatery
Cafe Hanoi’s summer menu
Now that it is quite frankly too hot, Cafe Hanoi have released their summer menu including tiger prawns with heirloom tomato & lemongrass sauce; chilled eggplant salad with fish sauce and roast duck rice paper rolls. We’re appreciating the ‘cold’ sections of menus these days.
What we ate this week
Jean Teng and Alex Blackwood
The Butcher’s Son pea and courgette fritters
An unexpected favourite of my plant-based evening, these were crispy on the outside and soft and fresh on the inside. The sauce they came in was a delicious cloud of tart ’feta’ and ‘yoghurt’ with what I can only assume was ‘mint’… I asked what the ‘feta’ and ‘yoghurt’ were made of but no one seemed to know. Good, despite the mystery ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - AB
204 Jervois Road, Herne Bay
This has been the week of saving, considering the holidays are upon us and I'm gearing up for the time of year everyone decides to spend big on spendy meals. All I really had to eat out was spoils from my parents' trip to Wellington, a No. 1 sourdough loaf from Starta Bread Kitchen and an almond croissant from their cabinet. My mum felt compelled to bring home that pastry after declaring it one of the best she's had, so I devoured most of it at 11.30pm at night when they arrived home from the airport. Buttery, distinct layers, and a shimmery, sweet almond filling that tasted of rosewater. Yum. - JT
Left Bank Lane, Wellington
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